Ex-boyfriend owns up to throwing away SIM cards
Twenty-one-year old Kemar Malcolm Clarke not only demanded to know where his ex-girlfriend went, but he also took away her cellular phone so he could check her activity on the device.
As a result, the Lammings, St Joseph resident was brought before a Bridgetown Court today on three charges.
Following the May 18 incident, Clarke is accused of stealing a memory card and a SIM card belonging to Ashanta Walters, in addition to assaulting her and using threatening words towards Giovani Millar, by telling him, “I would burst you face”.
The security officer pleaded guilty to all three offences.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant heard from Sergeant Neville Reid that Clarke saw Walters in the Cheapside Terminal on Wednesday morning. Clarke went to her and questioned her about her whereabouts, even though their relationship ended last year.
When she refused to answer, he took her cellular phone away. She tried to retrieve it and Clarke cuffed her at the back of the head. The woman walked off and he followed her, while removing the cards from her phone and dropping them in a drain.
She went into a Bridgetown store and Clarke followed her inside. That is where store attendant Miller spoke to Clarke, who then took up a bottle and used threatening words to him.
The woman was later treated for soft tissue damage to the back of the neck.
Giving his version of the events, Clarke said his girlfriend only broke up with him on Wednesday.
The accused man, who was not represented by an attorney, recalled that when he questioned Walters about where she had been, she mentioned going by a cousin. He then told her to “let me see her cell phone so I could see the messages”.
Clarke explained that he took the phone out of her hand and while he was walking and reading the information, the woman grabbed him by the back of his neck. It was while trying to remove her hand that he hit her “by mistake”.
Clarke added that after she went inside the store, he got the impression that she was “dealing with” the man who was working there. It was when Miller asked Walters if she wanted him to deal with Clarke that he got angry and armed himself with a bottle before asking Miller “if he want to do me something”.
Clarke said he did not tell Miller anything further but left the bottle on a shelf in the store.
Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant granted Clarke $2,000 bail and informed him that he will have to pay for the phone and for the injuries which the woman suffered.
That figure will be determined when both Walters and Miller attend court on June 3.